Friday, December 23, 2011
Oldest Christmas tree lights: 42 year old fairy lights sets world record
PLYMOUTH, UK -- Proud Vina Shaddick is celebrating Christmas this year with a £3 set of fairy lights she bought 42 years ago - which still has the original bulbs , setting the world record for the Oldest Christmas tree lights, according to World Record Academy (www.worldrecordacademy.com).
Photo: Vina Shaddick has never even had to replace any of the bulbs in her World's Oldest Christmas light set. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the most lights lit simultaneously on a Christmas tree is 194,672 and was achieved by Kiwanis Malmedy / Haute Fagnes Belgium in Malmedy, Belgium.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most letters to Santa collected in 24 hours: 1,013 letters, achieved by members of the public in an event organised by the KidzWish Foundation in Stockland Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia.
Vina, 62, paid £3 for the illuminations at Woolworths in 1969 and she still has the box and spare bulbs. She said: "They've never let me down. They don't make them like this any more."
"I can't imagine a set bought today - which are much pricier - lasting as well as these."
Every December, the retired jeweller drapes the string of multi-coloured lights around her artificial tree – which is itself 27 years old – at the home she shares with son Ross, 33, in Plymouth.
It's all part of a collection of old decorations Vina has including two from the 1950s. She added: "One decoration has the price on the back – 10d – so that must go back a few years, too."
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Tallest Chocolate Christmas Tree: Patrick Roger
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Largest Group of Carol singers - Credit Union Christmas Pageant
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Scuba Diving Santas - Yorkshire Divers Group
Revolving Christmas Star - Siemens Superstar
gathering of Santa's Elves - ABC Family
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Floating Christmas Tree - Rio de Janeiro
artificial Christmas tree - Mexico City
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expensive Christmas bauble - Hallmark Jewellers
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Santa Claus ice sculpture - Chinese sculptors
sand sculpture of Santa Claus - Sudarsan
winter footwear - Tsar-Valenok
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snowman - Bethel residents
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Friday, December 23, 2011